Replace the Confederate Statue in Downtown Leesburg with one of Gene Ashton

Replace the Confederate Statue in Downtown Leesburg with one of Gene Ashton

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Gene Ashton was a civil rights activist in Leesburg. He lead protests for the desegregation of the Talley-Ho and Village Lanes Bowling Alley. With other's support, they were eventually desegregated. He also fought for the desegregation of the local pool. However, the pool was never desegrated because of firemen stopping it even after the passing of the civil rights act in 1964. The pool was never desegregated and was filled with concrete. Later in protest of what he saw as symbol of black oppression, he hacked off the confederate flags from LCHS's mascot that were displayed on a sign in front of the school. I feel that this is a part of Leesburg's history that we should be proud of. I believe that it is crucial for us to understand the history of our town and that we are not free from sin when it comes to civil rights and racism. Some of the signs they held during this protests can be found at the Thomas Balch Library in Downtown. I hope that potentially this statue could act as a beacon of someone who stood against the tide and spoke up about what he believed in. 

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